The British High Commissioner to Malawi, Fiona Ritchie has said the Chevening scholarship is a great milestone towards improvement of Social Economic Transformation of the country to achieve the Malawi 2063 agenda.
Ritchie made the remarks during a commemoration of 40 years of Chevening scholars in Malawi and a send-off of some students going for Masters and PhD studies in the UK.
The High Commissioner said the Scholarship is a mark to a longtime relationship with Malawi and the UK and hence the Chevening scholarship will help to transform the national development and achieve the Malawi 2063 agenda in the future.
“I am glad that today marks 40 years of the Chevening scholarship in Malawi and this means a strong relationship between Malawi and the UK to improve education in the country and ensure there is an improved development in the future.
“The scholarship gives them a wide range of experience apart from subjects they will study and this will indeed add value towards the improvement of the country’s economy,” said Ritchie.
Director for Quality Assurance in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Professor Golden Msilimba, Commended the UK for the scholarship saying the human capital development is pivotal to drive the economy of the country because the Malawi’s education was previously focused on theory than practical.
“However, with such scholarships offered is a huge mile to equip the students with a wide range of practical experience which will be important to the country’s development and achieve the Malawi 2063 agenda,” said Professor Msilimba.
One of the Scholars going in the UK to study Data Science for Global Agriculture Food and the Environment, William Banda said Malawi requires leaders with good exposure and his selection to the scholarship is a great benefit to the country.